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Full text of "Mathura A District Memoir"

56                                          KEISKHA AT BMHDl-BAK.
all over; and one day she got so angry with him that she put a cord round his waiat
and tied him to the great wooden mortar^ while she went to look after her house*
hold affairs, E"o sooner was her back turned than the child, in Ms efforts to get
Iooses dragged away with him the heavy wooden block till it got fixed between two
immense Arjtm trees that were growing in the court-yard. It was wedged tight
only for a minute, one more pull and down came the two enormous trnnks with
a thundering crash. Up ran the neighbours, expecting an earthquake at least,
and found the village half buried under toe branches of the fallen trees, with
the child between the two shattered stems laughing at the mischief he had
caused.!
Alarmed at these successive portents^ Nanda determined upon removing to
some other locality and selected the neighbourhood of Brinda-ban as affording
the best pasturage for the cattle. Here the boys lived til! they were seven
years old, not so much inBrinda-ban itself as in the copses on the opposite bank
of the river? near the town of Mdt; there they wandered about, merrily disport-
ing themselves, decking their heads with plumes of peacocks' feathers, string-
ing long wreaths of wild flowers round their necks and making sw^et music
with their rustic pipes, | At evening-tide they drove the cows home to the pens,
and joined in frolicsome sports with the herdsmen's children under the shade
of the great Bh&ndir tree.§
But even in their new home they were not secure from demoniacal
aggression. When they had come to five years of age, and were grazing their
* From tMa incident Krishna derives his popular name of Damodar, from «?dm a cord, and
•&?, the body. The mortar, or ®Mkhal&, is generally a solid block of wood, three or four feet
higbt hollowed out at the top Into the shape of a basin.
f The traditionary scene of all these adventures ia laid* not at Goknl, as might have been
anticipated* but at Mahaban, which Is now a distinct town further inland. There ate shown the
jugat arjmn fe& ikdwr, * or site of the two Arjon trees/ and the spots where Futana, TriDarazt, and
Sakataaux, 0r the cart-demon (for in the Bhagavat the cart is said to have been upset by the
intervention of an evil spirit), met their fate. The Tillage of Koila, on the opposite ba&k, is
said to derive ita name from the fact that the Dailies' from Ptena*s funeral pile floated down
there; or that Vasndeva, whea crossing the river and thinking lie was about to sinkj called oat
ior some one to take the child, saving < Kol le, koi le.*
t From these childish sports, Krishna derives his popular names at Bm**£ti, * the wearer
of a chapiet of wild Sowers/ and JJiwri-rfto and MKr/£-«ttart * the flute-player.* Hence, too, the
strolling singew, who f repeat the fair® held on Krishna's fete days, attire theraselvei in high-
crownesl caps decked with peacocks' feathers.
§ The Bhandlr-baa is * deme thicket of &*r and other low prlcklj shrubs in the hamlet of
ChMSarl, * little above Mat.   Ia the centre Is an open space with a small modern temple and
Hie Bhindir hat is an old tree a few hundred yards outside she grove.